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Critical Exposure Exhibit 2013 ~ Washington, DC Student Photographers In Action!

Critical ExposureDue to the generosity of Nixon Peabody, LLP (Critical Exposure’s leading Sponsor), on May 22 I was so honored and blessed to attend this awesome Exhibit presented by Critical Exposure that featured very thought-provoking and emotionally stirring photographs taken by Washington, DC students that realistically share their story of social and academic living in the city. 

Darnella Moore

Darnella Moore

Each and every photo tells the story of a student’s life as a youth living in and/or attending underprivileged communities or underfunded schools in Washington, DC.  Critical Exposure’s photograhs upon viewing causes one to pause and thank God for his/her blessings as well as moves one into compassionate servitude to help cause positive change in the world.  For me personally, the exhibit stirred up emotions to include, but surely are not limited to, sadness, disappointment, anger while also joy, laughter and proudness that these students’ issues were being exposed and addressed through photography. Two of the students, along with Adam Levner (Executive Director & Co-Founder) and Judith Dianis (Co-Director of Advancement Project) all rendered passionate speeches at the exhibit on the plight of DC student’s social and academic needs and how Critical Exposure is addressing those issues through photography.

Advancement Project's Co-Director, Mrs. Judith Dianis & I

Judith Dianis & I

CE Students Orlando & Sean
CE Students Orlando & Sean

The highlight of my evening was having the opportunity to meet and chat with some of the students in CE’s program.  To hear their personal stories and excitement of having the opportunity to have a voice through photography as a result of CE’s mentorship program was an experience I shall not soon, if not ever, forget!  At one point while speaking with a student, tear drops began to fall down my face: (1) tears of joy for blessing the students with Critical Exposure’s program and the social change being realized as a result of it, and (2) tears of sadness as I viewed the photos of schools with security bars/chains, yet no complete library or librarian.  As an avid reader and ever-maturing writer, this totally broke my heart. 

Viewing Sean's Photography

Viewing Sean’s Photography

Although many of the photos broke my heart, they actually motivated my spirit of community and activism the more!  I left the event asking myself: “How can I personally assist, serve, support and promote the vision/mission of Critical Exposure to help underprivileged students acquire the proper educational and social tools and resources that they need to succeed in life?

Christine Brosonski & I

Christine Brosonski & I

Way to go Adam and the entire Critical Exposure organization!

Thank you Nixon Peabody for leading the sponsorship way and affording me the opportunity to attend the event to become more aware of this great organization impacting the lives of our youth locally and worldwide. A salute to Christine Brosonski who volunteers at Critical Exposure and introduced the organization’s vision and need for support to Nixon Peabody.

The Daughter of Christ Loves Critical Exposure!

Darnella Moore loves the mission of Critical Exposure!

If you are in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, I encourage you to visit the Pepco Edison Place Gallery to experience Critical Exposure’s Exhibit 2013 which you’ll absolutely love, no doubt, as much as I did.  The exhibit is displayed through June 6, 2013.

My Assignment at IMSS’ Tea Social

On last Saturday, I was so very honored and abundantly blessed to attend as well as minister the anointing consecration of the 10 Founding Members of In My Sister’s Shadow, Inc. at their classy Tea Social (and first anniversary celebration) held at the Argyle Country Club in Silver Spring, MD. My Royal Soror of The Daughters of Christ Sorority, Prophetess Emani C. White, is the Founder of this awesome vision and mission to minister to and meet the needs of hurting women. I am so very proud of her!

Throughout the Tea Social, I met and fellowshipped with women who were hurting or had experienced hurt in a myriad of ways in their lives. Moreover, by happenstance (or should I say God’s positioning), I was honored to be seated directly next to the two women from a local homeless shelter that IMSS had handpicked to bless with complimentary tickets along with brand new clothing, accessories, hairstyles, nails and even a hotel stay the night before the event! Isn’t God awesome?

He heals and blesses us so that we in turn can heal and bless others! 

Passionately, yet candidly, each of them shared their personal stories of drug use, domestic violence and so much more with myself as well as others seated at our table. I was brought to tears not only due to feeling their hurt and pain (remember, when one hurts, we all hurt), but also due to experiencing their “right now” blessings through the women (IMSS Diamonds–as the members are called) of this great organization who’d themselves at one point in their own lives faced similarly tragic experiences.

By the time we arrived at my point of ministry in the service — The anointing and consecretation of IMSS Founding Members, including the Founder and her Husband, James White, I was so filled up with God’s Love and power that all I could sing out upon approaching the podium was “Yes, Yes, Lord; yes to Your will, yes to Your way; God whatever you ask me to do, my soul says Yes Lord!”  The anointing service was truly a powerful move of God Who gets all the glory from it. The Lord was reminding me and instructing others to obey His leadership and service calls! This was the opening of the Anointing Ceremony. As I anointed and prophetically spoke a Word into the lives of each IMSS Diamond, the Holy Spirit re-anointed me as His servant Daughter.

You see, when we yield and allow our humble selves to be used by God to touch the lives of others, our anointed and Loving touch will not only bless them, but bless us too.

My Royal Soror Sharon D. Owens, as Director of IMSS Events, did such a fabulous job of planning such a classy event of women coming together in their Sunday’s best, hats and gloves for a time of tea and fellowship. More importantly, our heavenly Father performed an abundance of miracles of healing, restoration, renewal and exhortation within each and every one of us in attendance to recharge our spirit of generous service to those less fortunate or presently hurting more than we are.

Thank you my Kingdom Brother Jimmy White along with his beautiful wife, Royal Soror Emani, as well as the entire In My Sister’s Shadow family for including me in your awesome event and in your lives. I am so proud to be a IMSS Diamond (Member) myself and encourage all of my Royal Sorors to join me in support of this community serving vision.

Make a decision today to reach out and touch someone with God’s Love and your humble service. You’ll be so blessed and glad that you did!

For more information in IMSS, visit them online at www.inmysistersshadow.org

Daddy Loves You and So do I,
Your Sister Darnella

Homeless, But Not Helpless

In my immature and younger days, I used to pray for predominantly materials things such as more money, a big house, a fancy car, a tall, dark and handsome man to call my own, and the insignificant list goes on and on and on and on. Society insinuates these things are the way to love and happiness. Or better yet, these items could position me to the “successful” social status. But one day after having had a very personal and real encounter with God which caused me to totally yield myself to Him, as well as to eagerly give myself away to others, I realized immediately that the only route to genuine love and true happiness was in the God Who created me. Now don’t get me wrong, all those aforementioned temporary items are nice and okay to have, but they are not my all and all. He, my heavenly Father, Lord and Savior is!

This past Sunday, I was so honored and blessed to have been invited as Guest Speaker at a breakfast serving to the homeless at the First Seventh Day Adventist Church of Washington, DC (thank you my Royal Family at this part of Zion for extending me such a warm and welcoming invitation). I was tremendously humbled and abundantly blessed. Since walking in ministry as His Evangelist since 2002, this was by far the most gratifying and life-changing Kingdom assignment that I’ve ever fulfilled. Breaking bread (both naturally and spiritually) with brothers and sisters who were temporarily experiencing probably the lowest points ever in their lives made me realize not only how truly blessed I am, but how good and compassionate our Father God is. In fact, it was the exact opposite of the speaking engagement I’d fulfilled just a day before–a women’s fellowship and pool party at a beautiful home on five acres of land with luxurious landscaping. Yes, the power of God moved at this assignment tremendously as well: Women received their healing as well as spiritually birthed out their passionate purposes to leave this beautiful home changed forever (myself included).

As the Holy Spirit spoke a Word of exhortation and encouragement through me to the homeless, there was not one disengaging eye or non-praiser in the house of the Lord: Everyone was praising and worshipping God along with me in the midst of their storms. I candidly shared and summed up my personal testimony by letting them know that I too had experienced having much as well as loosing everything. I stated to them, “your value isn’t determined by your current temporary circumstances, but by your position in the Kingdom of God through Jesus Christ the Lord. Trusting, believing and depending on Him can take you from the pit to the palace. You are not here to stay, but are simply passing through to gain a testimony that will bring God glory in the earth.” The anointing of God the Holy Spirit filled the room and all of us began praising God in spite of our reason for being there. I’ve unfortunately seen people with much refuse to praise God in the midst of service, but I was now witnessing those with nothing doing so. I was in complete awe! The miraculous healing virtue and saving grace of Jesus Christ reigned in the room amongst God’s people–black and white, rich and poor.

After speaking, as I normally do with Godly Love being my specialization, I traveled throughout the room embracing those who allowed me to do so. As I hugged each one, I could feel their burdens being lifted and their hearts filling with joy for the first in a long time. Tears were streaming down my face as God’s love flowing through me to them, and reciprocally, from them to me was doing so like a mighty rushing wind. To walk in the love and compassion of my Savior was at the moment the greatest gift I’d ever received or given. I didn’t want to stop, nor did I want to leave.

I took my seat so emotionally and spiritually filled up, all I could do was pray a prayer of thanksgiving to my God for choosing and using me for this particular and humbling assignment. My honor came from being in their midst, not I being in their’s.

Who can be compared with the Lord our God, who is enthroned on high? He stoops to look down on heaven and on earth. He lifts the poor from the dust and the needy from the garbage dump. He sets them among princes, even the princes of his own people! (Psalm 113:5-8)

My personal prayer to my Lord is that no matter how high he takes me in this life or how materially blessed I become, keep me a humbled, loving and giving person: May I always remember where I came from and help someone else to reach not merely where I am, but where I’m yet still going.

To all of my brothers and sisters in the world who are currently experiencing hardtimes, pains and disappointments, I say to you, hold on, your help is not on the way, but available to you right now through Jesus Christ who died and rose again just for you and I. Trouble doesn’t last always; everything will be all right!

Thank you First Seventh Day Adventist Church of Washington, DC (particularly Elder Rufus Simpkins) and Shekinah Glory Prayer Circle (Founder, Sharon D. Owens) for blessing me with the greatest and most rewarding speaking engagement or Kingdom assignment I’ve ever done.

Thank you heavenly Father for using me to fulfill it. Continue to wash and purify me so that I can be used by You Lord even the more not for fame or fortune, but for Your glory! As my Senior Pastor & Apostle Mom, Dr. Betty P. Peebles, often quotes and reminds her children at Jericho City of Praise, I am performing for an audience of one–my God–the One in Whom I trust, lean and depend on at all times!

In His Love,
Your Sister Darnella